Kentucky State Capitol HVAC Replacement

In 2016, KLH conducted an assessment of the HVAC and electrical systems at the Kentucky State Capitol Building. The scope of work was to evaluate and provide detailed reports of the existing conditions of the HVAC system and secondary electrical distribution within the building and develop a phased plan for a full HVAC system replacement. Plumbing and technology systems were also examined due to the age of the systems and impact they may have to the final HVAC installation. KLH worked with the Division of Engineering and Contract Administration (DECA) to assess the implications of the project to the state budget, including a phasing strategy over three fiscal years. DECA and Finance Cabinet officials utilized KLH’s report and consultation to incorporate the project into the Commonwealth of Kentucky Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan 2018-2022 and 2020-2024.

Due to the historic nature of the 250,000-square-foot structure, the upgrades primarily focused on air distribution, ventilation, and temperature and humidity control. KLH developed a written report and a customized database to document its findings. The Kentucky General Assembly provided $4.5 million in funding in 2018 to address the existing hot and chilled water central system, steam to water heat exchangers, piping replacements and routing to all floors. A new web-based control will be installed in two basement-level mechanical rooms. A dedicated outside air system will be provided for basement distribution. Phase I also includes replacing electrical gear, distribution and panels in the basement that feed the mechanical plant.

At a Glance

Frankfort, Kentucky
Project stats
+ 250,000 square feet
+ $4.5 million in funding in 2018
Mechanical Engineering Electrical Engineering Plumbing Engineering Fire Protection & Fire Alarm Technology Systems
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Chris Mehaffie, PE, MBA, SSGB
Civic Studio Director | Senior Mechanical Engineer
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